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- Object: The Rt Honble triumphant or dupes paying the piper.
Probably an Irish print. A design in outline with many figures grouped symmetrically in front of the colonnade of the Dublin Parliament House, whose dome is on fire. In the centre foreground stands Grattan, his right foot on the body of a man lying face downwards; he clasps two money-bags inscribed: 'This not brass Money' and 'L50,000'. He turns his head in profile to the right towards a group in academic dress; the foremost holds out a paper: 'To the Rt Honble Hy G-tt-n'. Two boys also wearing gown and mortar-board stand beside him, one holding a book: 'Paine's Works'. A symbolical figure on the extreme right turns her back on the group and walks away with bowed head; she wears quasi-classical draperies with a winged helmet, and holds in her right hand a small globe on which rests the point of a triangle (? symbolizing Learning or Geometry).
The prostrate figure lies with his hands on a sword below which is a paper: 'Lord C-ll-es Answer'. Beside it is an inverted earl's coronet which a dog is befouling. A paper: 'Submission to Mr B------d' lies beside him.
On the left another group advances; the foremost, a man wearing top-boots, holds out a paper inscribed 'Catholic Address'; from his pocket hangs a paper: 'Widow Lincoln's Account'. The next man holds under his arm a document inscribed 'Licence for Drams'; from his pocket hangs a paper: 'Settlement with Jak Connor of Rush'. These two are followed by rough-looking peasants one of whom holds a flag inscribed 'No figure money'. The last of this group on the extreme left is a grinning satyr, taller than the others, holding a large horn or cornucopia inscribed 'Whisky'.
Immediately behind Grattan are two men, both with shackled ankles. The nearer (right) holds out a paper inscribed 'To Mrs ------ alias Jackson Bridge Street'. Under his arm is a paper: 'Observations by Dr Drennan'. The other (left) wears a barrister's wig and gown; under his right arm is a large document: 'Resolutions of the United Irishmen'. He looks down dejectedly; over his left arm hangs a bag inscribed 'M.T.' (empty).
In the middle distance (left) a man with shackled ankles holds out his hands to a woman with downcast head who holds a bottle labelled 'Poison'. (He is evidently the William Jackson who died of poison, previously given by his wife, while in court to receive sentence for high treason on 30 April 1795.) On the right a man on horseback rides off to the right with a halter round his neck; another well-dressed man wearing a cocked hat holds the end of a halter which is round his neck. Both are probably portraits.
In the background (left) on undulating ground are a number of gibbets from which hang one, two, or three bodies. On the right, as a pendant to this, men with muskets, tiny figures, fire at a larger body armed only with sticks, some of whom lie on the ground. 1795?
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Height: 303 millimetres
Width: 414 millimetres (cut)
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- (Description and comment from M.Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', VII, 1942)
A comprehensive satire on the events of 1795 in Ireland, showing the disorder which broke out after the recall of Fitzwilliam (see BMSat 8632) and culminated in the battle of the Diamond (21 Sept., when Catholics attacked a smaller but better-armed body of Protestants and were defeated), probably here depicted. On the recall, many addresses from Catholics (and from the Protestants of Londonderry) were made to Grattan, including one from the 'Roman Catholics of Dublin' and the 'Students of the University of Dublin' (Mar.-Apr.). 'Life and Times of Henry Grattan', iv. 215 ff. For the gift of £50,000 in 1782 see BMSat 6003. The United Irishmen were compromised by the trial of Jackson, showing their relations with France. 'State Trials', xxv. 783 ff. Dr. Drennan, the poet, was a leading member of the United Irishmen; he was tried for sedition and acquitted 26 June 1794. Curran, perhaps the barrister here depicted, defended Drennan and Jackson. For Jackson see BMSat 7059; for his death in Court see 'Life of J. P. Curran by his son', i. 327-31. The prostrate earl is probably Clonmell, Chief Justice in Ireland, who had been compelled to apologize for his gross rudeness to the bar (see 'D.N.B.'); he tried Jackson.
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